According to pollsters and political pundits, black Democratic representative Val Demings may become Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s vice president pick for the upcoming election.
Demings’ odds rose drastically after Biden told the black community during an interview that they aren’t actually black if they vote for President Donald Trump in 2020 and not him.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The 63-year-old Democrat is a former career law enforcement officer, serving as chief of police in Orlando, FL for four years before entering politics. After a couple electoral losses, Demings won the Florida 10th congressional district seat in 2016, then ran unopposed two years later.
And her star has been rising quickly. In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi picked Demings to serve as one of seven impeachment managers in the Senate trial of President Trump.
On Friday, Deming’s odds of becoming Biden’s vice president pick were +2000 however once the weekend rolled around, her odds rose all the way to +1200.
Check out what bookies.com reported:
California Sen. Kamala Harris remains the favorite but has slipped to +180 from +160. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar continues to climb as well and is at +300 as the second choice, according to odds posted at 888sports’ UK-facing betting site.
Klobuchar had slipped from +350 back to +575 before rebounding amid reports she has joined the list of candidates being formally vetted. The presumptive Democratic nominee has said he’ll pick a woman as his running mate.
Compare Demings’ odds to other potential picks below:
- Kamala Harris +180
- Amy Klobuchar +300
- Elizabeth Warren +700
- Michelle Obama +800
- Gretchen Whitmer +1000
- Val Demings +1200
- Stacey Abrams +1400
- Hillary Clinton +2000
- Catherine Cortez Masto +2000
Demings would be a strategic pick, not only because she is a black woman, but also because she could help Biden win the swing state of Florida.
After his “you ain’t black” stunt, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York said that Biden is facing “increasing pressure” to pick a black vice president pick.
“He has already said that he’s guaranteed to choose a woman,” York said during a interview on Fox News. “And he’s under increasing pressure now for it to be a woman of color.”
“We’ve heard about Kamala Harris, we’ve heard about Stacey Abrams, we’ve heard about Val Demings and he said they are all on his list right now,” York added.
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